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Seawork International will reopen its doors Tuesday 14 June, with a busy conference schedule bringing together hundreds of key professionals from all aspects of the commercial marine sector.

The three-day Seawork Conference 2017, sponsored by specialist marine underwriting agent, Knighthood, will once again be located on board the Ocean Scene, berthed in the Seawork Marina.

For over 30 years, conference sponsor, Knighthood has been acknowledged as a leading specialist Marine Underwriting Agent throughout the UK and Northern Europe, extending to all forms of insurance for commercial marine operators. The Ocean Scene will be moored on pontoons at the Seawork Marina, which are sponsored by Close Brothers.

The Seawork Conference is a must for all involved in the commercial marine industry who wish to explore the challenges, changes and emerging opportunities in today’s and tomorrow’s commercial marine and workboat sector.

This year there is a focus on marine renewables (wind, tidal and wave) as well as vessel operations. The conference will also include sessions on how to address the marine skills gap – can new training opportunities and apprenticeships help to grow the future of the maritime industry? As well as the implications incurred through Brexit.

A joint event covering the work of the Innovate UK funded MOVE and HEVIMA Projects, will be held as part of the conference programme on, Tuesday 13 June 2017, 15:30 – 17:00.

“Can I Reduce My Vessel Operating Costs?” A Workshop to Explore Saving Fuel, Reducing Emissions and Vessel Optimisation - Now and Into the Future.

Operating costs are a major factor for commercial work boats whether it be a single vessel or a fleet. To maximise savings, craft performance must be optimised for the required duty cycle, but often detailed data about how a vessel operates is not available. Operators may be deterred from monitoring vessel propulsion performance as currently the equipment needed is time consuming and costly to install.

The MOVE (Monitoring for Operational Vessel Efficiency) Project has enabled significant technological advance and associated cost reduction in monitoring craft performance.

Project Lead, Ken Wittamore, of Triskel Marine, comments: “All craft have a design point at which they operate at their most efficient, however, many vessels spend significant periods of time operating off this point.”

These include pilot boats, offshore support vessels, harbour craft and small ferries which undergo significant changes in their operating parameters whilst carrying out their work. Many factors influence the performance of a vessel including engine and propeller efficiency; and proportion of time spent manoeuvring, cruising speed, full speed or idling.

Wittamore explained: “through real time monitoring and data collection for small commercial vessels we can assess efficiency and identify those that are potentially suitable for hybridisation.”

A major advance through the MOVE project has been in ‘Shaft Power Measurement’. Previously sensors required significant installation time by specialist engineers and costs were greatly increased if travel was required to the vessel. Through MOVE, Project Partner Datum Electronics have developed a ‘clamp-on’ sensor which can be installed by the vessel’s engineering staff in less than 1.5 hours. This will reduce costs significantly and allow operators to programme the fitting and removal of the system more easily.

Initial development and validation of the MOVE system is taking place aboard pilot vessels made available by the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. This enables data to be collected whilst the Pilots carry out their daily duties providing real-time information from the vessel’s systems. The MOVE technology is now being installed aboard an operational Wind Farm Support Vessel for further testing and validation.

HEVIMA (Hybrid Electrical Vessel propulsion with Integrated Motor Assist) is another Innovate UK supported project led by REAP systems. Its objective is to develop an innovative modular hybrid marine power system offering significant savings in fuel consumption, engine power rating, weight, emissions, noise and vibrations. It is particularly relevant to the small commercial vessel market for craft which generally have low average loads, but also require extended periods of high power.

Registration to attend this free event is through the ‘MOVE Interest Group’. Membership of the Interest Group is free of charge, to join please use the following link and click the green ‘join’ button -

Other Sessions will include:

  • Training & Qualifications
  • Funding & Support for businesses in the Maritime Industry
  • Implications of Brexit
  • Renewables (Wave & Tidal) and vessel operations / Small unmanned Surface vessels

All Seawork International Conferences are CPD Certified. Entry to the conference seminars is free of charge and is available on a first-come first-served basis.

View the full conference programme here.

REGISTER TODAY -  Pre-register for visitor entry to Seawork now and put the dates (13-15 June) in your diary. Visit the Seawork registration page to sign up for your free entry.

If you require more information regarding exhibiting at Europe’s fastest growing exhibition of its kind or attending as a visitor, please email mail to mail to or telephone +44 1329 825335.

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